How to Make Cupcake Liners Using Wax Paper or Parchment Paper
Has this ever happened to you? You get everything ready in the kitchen, the batter has been made, the oven is at the perfect temperature and the other people in the house are eagerly waiting to hear the 'ding!' of the timer letting them know that those delicious chocolate chip cupcakes are perfectly golden brown. Then you reach into the baking supply cupboard for your your cupcake or muffin liners, it hits you. You forgot to buy them! Surely this means no cupcakes for anyone? Let RecipesTroupe save the day with this incredibly simple method of how to make cupcake liners using wax paper or parchment paper to see how simple (and cheap it is), so that you may never buy store bought cupcake liners again.
All you need to get started on your homemade cupcake liners all you'll need are 4 things:
- a roll of wax paper or parchment paper
- a mold such as a small drinks can or spice jar
- rubber bands
Although cupcakes and muffins can look quite big, this is because of the baking soda in their batter which rises and expands during baking. The actual base of the cupcake and muffin liners you buy from the store is quite small, usually between 3/4" and 1 3/4" wide. So, you will need a round mold this size to get proper cupcakes. Something like a spice jar (see picture below) will work well as it usually comes in this size and will commonly have a round base. Take one of these jars and clean it thoroughly as it will be in direct contact with your cupcakes or muffins.
The height of the cupcake and muffin liners are usually quite small, around 1 1/4" - 2 1/4" high. This, however, isn't as important as the base as your cupcakes or muffins will only rise as far as the recipe will allow. Cut squares of wax or parchment paper about 6" - 8" each side.
Place the spice jar (or whatever your chosen mold is) into the center of the square and then turn the jar upside down so that the paper is above it. Wrap the paper around the upturned bottom of the jar so that it encases it, but try to have as few overlaps as possible. This will stop it from creasing too much. Tie the rubber band around the base of the jar so that the paper molds itself to that shape.
You won't need to have the rubber band on for very long, so remove it and then pull off the paper. You should see that the paper has taken the shape of a cupcake or muffin liner. There will be triangles of paper pointing in the air which give it a sort of tulip shape (see above) which you can remove if you like, but we like them and you will see in many bakeries they are using this technique themselves.
If you want some more kitchen problems resolved, take a look at these oneHOWTO articles on:
If you want to read similar articles to How to Make Cupcake Liners Using Wax Paper or Parchment Paper, we recommend you visit our Food & drink category.